For a watch brand to highlight its history by showcasing vintage and antique models is hardly surprising, particularly when these have inspired modern interpretations However, the collection of classic pieces on show this month at Vacheron Constantin’s Old Bond Street store has an unusual distinction: the watches are for sale. Grouped under the title Collectionneurs, the range includes pocket watches from between 1923 and 1949, and wristwatches from 1927 to 1969 Each piece has been serviced and restored by Vacheron Constantin’s own watchmakers, while a certification for authenticity is provided, along with the same two-year guarantee the company offers for its new watches “The idea is to offer a selection from across the 20th century,” says the brand’s style and heritage director, Christian Selmoni, who highlights early chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s as especially choice picks, along with some stylish 1950s models.
“That was a period of really elegant design for . More
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